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Leinster Resume Training Ahead Of Newport Trip

Leinster Resume Training Ahead Of Newport Trip

The Leinster squad will play their final game of this Six Nations block away to the Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Rodney Parade (kick-off 7pm).

The Leinster management have reported no major injury concerns arising from the bonus point victory over the Scarlets.

Joe Schmidt’s men secured their seventh successive victory in all competitions at a wintry RDS on Saturday, and they could be bolstered by the return of South African lock Quinn Roux who has an outside chance of making the Dragosn game after stepping up his rehabilitation following recent shoulder surgery.

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Although Isaac Boss (rolled ankle) was replaced as a precaution midway through the second half, his replacement John Cooney touched down in the final play against the Scarlets to help secure the bonus point.

Aaron Dundon scored his first Leinster try in a fine all-round display by the former Seapoint and Clontarf hooker who secured the man-of-the-match award.

Last Saturday’s win also marked Mark Flanagan’s first outing of the season when the Mullingar second row replaced another Academy product Ben Marshall.

The clash with the Dragons may be a week too soon for Kevin McLaughlin (knee) but Brendan Macken (hamstring niggle) should come back into the frame for the trip to Newport.

Depending on national needs, it is possible that some of the Ireland players who have not featured prominently over the Six Nations could also be available for selection.

Friday’s fixture, which is the province’s last game for three weeks, is not scheduled to be televised. Leinster Rugby will be providing live text updates via their Twitter page @leinsterrugby.

Schmidt’s charges will then face back-to-back home league matches at the RDS against the second-placed Glasgow Warriors (March 23) and then table toppers Ulster (March 30).

Meanwhile, tickets for the annual Leinster Rugby Awards Ball are on sale online here. The event takes place in the Mansion House on Saturday, May 4 and celebrates the achievements of all facets of the game across the province.